A 7-Day Retreat on Lama Atisha's Seven-Point-Mind-Training with B. Alan Wallace President, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies
Dates: 29 August-4 September 2016 Venue: Peter Canisius House, 102 Mona Vale Road, Pymble NSW
A week-long meditation retreat how to transform all of life's circumstances into the spiritual path, such that by shifting your way of viewing reality, you shift the reality you are viewing.
Learn how to distinguish between what is and what is not a spiritual path leading to enduring, genuine wellbeing.
Learn how to achieve mental balance through the cultivation of relaxation, inner stillness, and clarity.
Learn how to fathom the interdependent nature of all things.
Learn how to achieve bodhichitta, the bodhisattva's aspiration to achieve perfect enlightenment for the sake of all beings.
About the Retreat The Seven-Point Mind-Training stems from the teachings of the 11th century Indian Buddhist scholar and contemplative Atisha and was first written down by the 12th century Tibetan monk Chekawa. This training summarises the Bodhisattva way of life by integrating theories and practices for the cultivation of ultimate and relative bodhichitta, or the mind of awakening. Beginning with a careful investigation of the nature of the mind and its relation to nature as a whole, resulting in a realisation of emptiness and dependent origination, this training then leads one to the experience of profound compassion and the transformation of all experiences into means of furthering one's spiritual growth. This training is widely taught in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and provides a practical guide for transforming one's whole life into spiritual practice.
About the Retreat Leader Dynamic lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of the most prolific writers and translators of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., continually seeks innovative ways to integrate Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind.
Dr. Wallace, a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970, has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted 14 years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford.
With his unique background, Alan brings deep experience and applied skills to the challenge of integrating traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with the modern world.
Retreat information Monday 29 August, 11am until Sunday 4 September, 2pm.